By Melissa Goldberg


It’s truly amazing how much money we can drop on hair removal. I personally refuse to add it all up at the end of the year, for fear of shock, disgust, or both. Could I have splurged on a Tory Burch handbag instead? Jet-setted on weekend get-the-hell-out-of-the-city trip? Or maybe even accessorized the digs with a shiny, high-definition plasma? Ok, I’m getting nauseous here.

But in the new year, there’s good news for us girls who are looking to get smooth for less: The hair removal experts at Completely Bare periodically offer steeply discounted services through their training school! In the tradition of other highly-successful grooming schools in the city like Aveda and Bumble & Bumble, the Completely Bare Training School uses top-of-the-line, licensed estheticians who are honing their skills to meet the guidelines of the legendary spa.


At $20 a treatment, the school offers services like body waxing and laser hair removal. (Yes, you read that correctly; $20 for a high-quality laser hair removal treatment. Just TRY finding that somewhere else in Manhattan.) All services are performed under the close supervision of a certified, senior Completely Bare technician, so you have two people in the room obsessing over your follicles instead of just you. Since the celebrity-loved spa is always training new technicians, sessions arise every six weeks or so. To receive an email alert for the next round of appointments, simply drop a note to , and let them know that sent you!


And for those of you who would love to wax at home like a professional, Completely Bare also offers Wax Works classes at their downtown location once a month. The $250 class includes a Completely Bare Wax Works Kit ($135 value), as well as training on how to safely and effectively wax at home to salon standards. Cindy Barshop, owner of Completely Bare, says, “City girls love my waxing classes, and many of them are my clients. They like to be able to wax at home in-between appointments, and know that they’re doing it safely and effectively. Sometimes you just want to do a quick eyebrow or bikini clean-up before a date or beach getaway. With our classes, you can feel confident in your abilities to wax yourself.”

To bring out your inner waxing Goddess, call Completely Bare Downtown for a class appointment.

Completely Bare Downtown
103 Fifth Avenue (between 17th and 18th Streets)

Originally published January 2008



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